fp Sri^riskytci^cdkcimritci lava kathamrtam tapta-jwanam ^PKCU K Issue No. 179 Fortnightly email mini-magazine from Go-pal Jiu Publications 14 June 2008 Pandava-nirjala EkadasT, 25 Trivikrama, 522 Gaurdbda Circulation, 2,305 •l-H to© • Guru is not a Decoration His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swatni Prabhupada • GOVINDAYA NAMAH Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada • Guru and Disciple Nityananda Das' Prema-vilasa • Nama-tattva: The Power of Krishna's Name • Shelter of Rama Rev. A. G. Atkins Guru is not a Decoration His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swatni Prabhupada Unless one is perfectly anxious to inquire .about the way of perfection, there is no necessity of approaching a spiritual master. A spiritual master is not a kind of decoration for a householder. Generally a fashionable materialist engages a so-called spiritual master without any profit. The pseudo-spiritual master flatters the so-called disciple, and thereby both the master and his ward go to hell without a doubt. Maharaja Parikshit is the right type of disciple because he puts forward questions vital to the interest of all men, particularly for the dy- ing men. The question put forward by Maharaja Parikshit is the basic principle of the complete thesis of Srimad-Bhagavatam. sigli — Purport to Bhdg. 1.19.37 Not Wanting To Hear Criticism A Remembrance of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swatni Prabhupada I remember sitting in his room, and if a guest came in and started speaking badly about some next column ■»" other devotee, Prabhupadaji would just start chanting "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna". He did not want to hear any devotee being of- fended. (Gopal Ghosh) — Prabhupada at Radha Damodara. Written and published by Mahanidhi Swami. Vrindavan. 1990. Page 59. Govindaya Nam ah Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada "udo khai govindaya namah" Chapter 108 of Upakhyane Upadesa Upakhyane Upadesa is a collection of short stories with explanations that were commonly used by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Compiled by Sri Sundarananda Prabhu, a promi- nent disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, it was first published in 1940. Harakanta Chakravarti was famous in his village as a great Vaishnava. People would say, "Chakra- varti Thakura never enjoys anything without first offering it to the Lord." At the Pausa-sankrdnti festival, Harakanta bought some khoi, a type of puffed rice, from the market for his wife's lunch. By chance there was a strong wind and the khoi started blowing out of his paper bag. Some of his acquaintances happened to be nearby. Seeing them, Chakravarti feltawkward and,chanting "govindaya namah", let the rest of the khoi fly from his bag as if he were offering it to the Lord. Cssm One kmAred sev-ody nine, 'Pa&t — 2 Meanwhile, seeing that he was late, Harakan- ta's wife became worried and sent her son to find him. Seeing his father standing in a group of people, the innocent boy told him, "Father, where is the khoi? Mother has been waiting for it for a long time." In this way, Chakravarti was put to shame as the true fact was disclosed in front of several gentlemen. PURPORT: There are pretenders who are actually anxious for their own sense gratifica- tion but outwardly make a show of piety for the purpose of earning name and fame. The khoi was bought for self -enjoyment, but when by bad luck it could not be enjoyed properly, a show was made of offering it to the Lord. This was not genuine devotional service. When in spite of his best efforts to protect them, a materialistic person loses his assets, in his frus- trated condition he sometimes makes a show of religiosity and detachment and prays, bhagavan, sabai tomdra, tumi rakhile rakhite para, marile marite ■para — "O God, everything is yours! You are the maintainer as well as the destroyer of all!" Such shows of piety by materialistic cheaters do not constitute real surrender. Bibliography — Sundarananda Vidyavinode. Upakln/am' UpadeSa. Sri Gaudiya Math. Bagh- bazar, Calcutta. 1994. — Sundarananda Vidyavinode. llpakJiyanellpadesa. English translationbyAkhilat- ma Das. Published by Sri Rupanuga Paramarthika Vidyapitha. Mayapur. 1995. Guru and Disciple Sri Nityananda Das' Prema-vilasa 11.92-112 For more about Prema-vilasa and Nityananda Das, see Bindus number 2, 5, and 115. mahdprabhura ajna ache harindma prati jlvera raksara lagi dibena samprati [Lokanath Goswami to Narottam Das Thakur:] Mahaprabhu has instructed how hari- nama should be given for the protection of the living entities. (Text 93) kata deha bhrami jlva naradeha pdya tdhdra raksara hetu mahausadha caya After traveling through so many bodies, thefiva finally gets a human body, and for his protection he needs a powerful medicine. (Text 94) any a dehdntare jlvera papa tapa roga tahara khandana kare nahi hena yoga There is no yoga that can cut away the sinful entanglement that the jlva has acquired through other bodies. (Text 95) *ft <£W|cbqrrp f^ Nama-tattva The Power of Krishna's Name SrIm ad Bhagavatam 3.9.15 With Jiva Goswami's comments from Bhakti-sandarbha 152 yasyavatara-guna-karma-vidambanani namani ye 'su-vigame vivasa grnanti te 'naika-janma-samalam sahasaiva hitva samyanty apavrtamrtam tarn ajam prapadye Let me take shelter of the lotus feet of him whose incarnations, qualities and activities are mysterious imitations of worldly affairs. One who invokes his transcendental names, even unconsciously, at the time he quits this life, is cer- tainly washed immediately of the sins of many, many births and attains him without fail In this verse, the words asu-vigame api, "even at the time of death", imply that the persons referred to in this verse spoke the holy names only at the time of death, in a physical state in which they would not have been able to speak the Lord's holy name clearly or distinctly. The word uivasah, "even without desire", implies that they chanted for some external reason and not out of devotion. The reason the Lord's holy name even when chanted in such a condition has the power to destroy the sins of many, many births, etc., is also indicated in this verse in the words avatdra- guna-hirma-zndambanani/'ihesenamesreierto the various incarnations, qualities and pastimes of the Lord". The name "nrsimhadeva" is an example of a word that denotes a specific incar- nation of the Lord. Such names of specific incar- nations are identical with those incarnations and thus are endowed with the same potency. The name "bhakta-vatsala" reflects the quality of the Lord as one who is affectionate to his devotees. And the name govardhana-dhara denotes the Lord in his specific pastime of lifting Govardhan hill. Such names that refer to the Lord's qualities and pastimes are also identical with the Lord and are thereby equally powerful Bibliography — Jiva Goswami. Sri Bhakti-sandarbha . Edited by Prana Gopal Goswami. Published by Sanskrit Pustak Bhandar. Calcutta. 2000. Sanskrit in Bengali script. — Jiva Goswami. Sri Bhakti-sandarbha . English translation by Sri Kusakratha Das. The Krishna Institute. Culver City, California. — Srirnad Bhagavatam. English translation and commentary by A.C Bhak- tivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Singapore. 1982. Sri ^Kriskna- katkuvtrita ^indn janme janme yata papa tapa paiya thake vismarana jma nahijane apanake Due to the sinful entanglements of many lifetimes, the forgetful living entity does not recognize his real self. (Text 96) manusya-deha pana taha sakali sadhiba na sadhile sei deha temati paiba [He thinks] "In this human form I will desire everything. If my desires are not fulfilled in this life, I will get other bodies to do so later." (Text 97) hena roga diira kare krsna bhakta-riipe krsna-nama dile hayena gurura svarupe This entanglement is cured by Krishna in the form of a devotee. He assumes the form of guru and gives Krishna's names. (Text 98) guru sisye katha ei sastrete achaya yei taha jane sei avasya karaya These topics about guru and disciple are there in sastra, and one who understands them will adopt the process. (Text 99) taha na karile sastra haya anuvada te karane nahe tare krsnera prasada One who does not understand the teachings of sastra in this way will not get Krishna's mercy. (Text 100) krsna-rupe sastradvare karena pracdra sad-guru yehho vakya kariba vicdra Krishna distributes this truth through the words of sastra, and by studying those sastric teachings one can understand who is a genuine guru. (Text 101) ekavatsara dekhibena gurura ye tattva visvasa kariya mane bujhiba mahattva For one year a disciple should faithfully imbibe the philosophical conclusions pro- pounded by the guru and understand their significance. (Text 102) ye kriya kariba guru kari nirlksana yena yogya tena seva kari anuksana The disciple should carefully observe the guru's activities and serve him in suitable ways. (Text 103) guru bujhibena sisyera yemata acara yogyata ayogya mane kariba vicdra The guru will understand the nature and behav- ior of the disciple and thus discern the disciple's qualifications and disqualifications. (Text 104) Vssnt One hundred seventy nine, ^Pm 3 harinama sadhiba guru-sahge thaki sada vaisnavera sahge lobha kariba sarvatha To acquire the holy name, a disciple should always remain close to the guru and constantly seek out the association of vaisnavas. (Text 105) janibena sisya mane kari drdha rati nahile ki yaya jivera sakala durmati Understanding this process, a disciple must develop firm attachment to executing it faith- fully. Otherwise he will never vanquish his sinful mentality. (Text 106) hare krsna maha-mantra sadhi divanisi kona yuge prabhu krpa haya hena vasi He should savor the Hare Krishna man- tra day and night, eagerly waiting for the time when his master will bestow mercy on him. (Text 107) adhika utkantha haya guru karena karuna iha se bujhite pare kona kona jana The spiritual master shows mercy on a disciple when he sees that the disciple is extremely anxious for it. Very few people understand this. (Text 108) sisya mana bujhi guru visvasera katha yogyata nahile krpa nahibe sarvatha As per his determination of the heart of the disciple, the guru instructs accordingly. If the disciple is not qualified then mercy will not manifest. (Text 109) ei haya pracina vakya suna narottama na janme krsnera krpa eita karana O Narottam! Please listen to this ancient wisdom. It is for this reason that Krishna's mercy does not arise. (Text 110) bahu sisya karite gosainra ajna nahin ihate visuddha ache suna mana dei A goswami is not permitted to make many disciples. Hear this important truth carefully. (Text 111) dui cari sisya kaile dhare prema phala bahu sisya kaile saba haya ta viphala If one has two or four disciples he can obtain the fruit of love of God. If one accepts many dis- ciples all his endeavors go in vain. (Text 112) S0fe Bibliography — Nityananda Das. Prema-vilasa. Mahesh Library. Calcutta. 1999. Bengali. Translation of the above verses by Sri Krishnabhishek Das. — Nityananda Das. Prema-vilasa. English translation by Sri Bhumipati Das. Touchstone Media. 2005. Mumbai. CssHt One hundred seventy nine, 'Pate — 4 Shelter of Rama Rev. A. G. Atkins Part four of a six-part series For more about Reverend Atkins, see Bindu 226. Rama said, "Those who give up a refugee, thinking "That shelf ring him may bring them harm, "Are despicable sinners; the very sight of them "Itself is a cause for alarm. "Slaughter of many Brahmans might be his offence, "But if one seeks protection, I can't drive him hence; "Right away, when before me a trusting soul stands, "I destroy sins of countless births, with their demands; "Downright wicked men by this one sign we may know, "No desire for my worship and praise do they show; "If a soul should to such sinful folly succumb, "He will never before me in willingness come; "To bring one to me a pure heart is the warrant; "Deception and falsehood to me are abhorrent. 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"No harm need we fear; in his hands we're not lying; "All demons there are in the world — the whole lot "In an instant can Lakshman kill here on the spot; "But perhaps he seeks shelter because of some fear; "As my own soul I'll guard him then, keeping him near. "So whatever his purpose, bring him here to me," Said the kind, gracious lord with a smile; Angad, Hanuman and all the monkeys went off Shouting praises to him all the while. Now they (eager to make up all former defect) Led Vibhishan to Rama with highest respect. Then the brothers, who givers of true blessings are And a joy to all eyes — them he saw from afar; Coming nearer, on lord Rama's beauty he gazed, Stood stock-still where he was, for a moment seemed dazed; There he saw those eyes lotus-red, saw those long arms, And that dark frame that frees his own from all alarms, He saw that broad chest and those lion-like shoulders, That face beyond all in its charm for beholders; His body was trembling, tears from his eyes poured; But he rallied himself, and said humbly, "My lord, "I am brother of demon-king Ravan, ten- headed, "And born of the demons by gods and men dreaded; 'To those born of darkness dear are all things foul, "As the darkness of night-time is dear to the owl. "I have heard of your glory — the One who dispels "All his suppliants' sorrow and fear, "Giving joy in its place; so I 've come and am pleading, "Save me, even me, Raghubir!" $05 — Pages 1015-1017. The Ramayana ofTlllsidas. 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